As most of you know, I just returned home from visiting my family & brother in Wauchula, FL where he's currently living at FINR, a traumatic brain injury rehabilitation center. They left Oklahoma in September and I hadn't seen them since. They aren't sure how long they will remain there, but more than likely another few months. I wanted to share a little update on Christian and some pictures from the trip. I also got to spend a little time with Dustin's cousin and her sweet family. They live in Tampa so they picked me up from the airport and took me out to Wauchula. It was so nice to see them!
There is definitely a lot of improvement that's been made, he's come a long way since September. When they left he was pretty much in the bed 24/7 and wasn't moving his left side at all. Now he moves his left arm and leg a lot, he's in therapy a few hours a day where he's standing, taking some steps and using a leg only exercise bike. He's in speech therapy an hour a day as well, she works with him on speech, eating and memory.
Christian is 95% of the time happy as can be. Talking up a storm, wanting mom to feed him and making people laugh. He struggles sometimes too though. It's heartbreaking to hear him say things like "I just want to die" "I'm in so much pain, you have no idea what it's like to have a TBI" "I can't do this anymore". It's hard, we quickly try to turn his mind around to all the positive. How far he's come, how many lives he's touched, the thousands of people that are following him and are always praying for him. He's a hero to so many people, but the poor kid is going through something nobody should have to. It's not easy, for him or my parents. However, he truly has come SO far and we know that God is nowhere near done with him yet. He's got a long way to go, but he is kicking butt. If you would, please continue to pray for Christian and my family, for strength as they continue on this journey.
Currently, Christian is:
-Obsessed with hamburgers & cheesecake. Asks for them all the time!
-Loves hugs & kisses and to hold your hand.
-Says "HOLY GUACAMOLE!" a lot.
-Loves to repeat the "Jake from State Farm at 3 o'clock in the morning" commercial word for word for anyone that will listen.
-Starts complaining of pain when it's time for therapy, just like a kid in school. We're on to you buddy…
-Loves to make you laugh anyway he can.
-Calls people hobo's, a lot.
-Always wants to hear Switchfoot and loves to praise Jesus for saving him, no matter where he is.
While I was there, we took a family outing to Sarasota and up the coast. We had lunch at a little restaurant on the water called O'Leary's and walked around the water a bit. It was a gorgeous day and their first family outing since they'd been there.
Mom's posted a lot of videos of him in rehab lately on the Pray for Mayberry Facebook page, there is a video of his reaction when I got there as well. As always, thank you so much for following along and for your continued prayers & support. It means the world, you truly have no idea how much it gets my family through <3